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Spring Into Action! Connect with Patterson Plumbing & Heating

Have some upcoming home improvement projects planned? Spring is a popular time for getting around to tackling that pending to do list, but you may have some questions about your plumbing, heating, or cooling systems.

Do my fixtures need to be updated? How will my system be affected by this project? What’s happening with the water heaters April 15th!?

Don’t let your questions go unanswered! For FAQs, tips you can utilize, and plumbers and HVAC professionals you can trust, connect with Patterson Plumbing & Heating today on social media:

https://www.facebook.com/PattersonPlumbing
https://twitter.com/PatPlumbingInc
https://plus.google.com/+PattersonPlumbingHeatingIncPueblo

Don’t hesitate to leave questions on our social sites or share your tips with us! We’re happy to help you spring into action this season.

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It’s Time to Spring Clean Your Plumbing

Spring cleaning – a time to declutter your homes, donate some old clothes, and take care of some seasonal plumbing maintenance! Yes, that’s right, it’s time to spring clean your plumbing and transition your winterized home to the season ahead.

Be sure to add the below to your to do list:

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Check for leaks and damage – Faucets located outside of your home are more susceptible to damage due to harsh winter weather and built up debris. Do a sweep to see if there’s any significant damage or leaks, both inside and outside the home.

Check your air conditioning unit – Routine cleaning not only prolongs the life of your unit, but having an unclogged, debris-less, clean coil unit will help it to function more efficiently.

Check your toilets – Make sure your toilets are flushing properly. If not, you may need to replace worn tank parts (and lower your water bill in the process!)

Check your hot water heater – Make sure the temperature setting is no higher than 120 F to prevent possible scalding and extra energy usage.

Check shower heads – Remove mineral deposit build-up on shower heads by soaking them overnight in vinegar. Simply take a plastic baggie with vinegar, place it over the shower head and secure it in place with a rubber band. Once removed, gently scrub away with an old toothbrush.

Once you’ve successfully given your home a once-over – call one of our experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating to take care of any problems you may find. A specialist will come by, diagnose the plumbing problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises. Give us a call at 719-544-4922!

Fix-A-Leak Week Begins Monday

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Did you know, household leaks can account for more than 1 trillion gallons of wasted water annually nationwide? Next week starts WaterSense’s annual Fix-A-Leak Week and we encourage you to help hunt down the drips in your home.

Many leaks are easily correctable and once fixed can save homeowners money on their water bills. To check for leaks in your home, you first must determine whether you’re wasting water:

  • Look at your water usage from January and February, if a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month – there are some serious leaks.
  • Decide on a time to not use water in your home. Check your water meter before and after a two hour period of no water use, if the meter has changed – you probably have a leak.
  • To identify a toilet leak, place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color seeps into the bowl after 15 minutes, you have a leak. *Flush immediately after this experiment as to not have a color stained tank!
  • Check for surface leaks on the outside of pip fittings and faucet gaskets.

For tips on fixing leaks found in your toilets, faucets, shower heads or outdoors, head over to EPA’s website or give the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call. A specialist will come by, diagnose the problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises.

#TuesdayTips – For Preparing Your Home for Vacation

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Whether you have an upcoming vacation planned that will take you away for a weekend or a few weeks, there are some things you can do in advance to prepare your home for your absence to ensure a smooth return.

Use our departure checklist before leaving so you can rest easy on your vacation:

  • Clean out your fridge – Look for any food that will expire while you’re away and toss it. Wipe down the inside of your fridge if you spot any spills.
  • Lower the thermostat – Don’t waste energy while out of town, temporarily adjust the thermostat to a setting of 50-55 degrees.
  • Tidy the house – Sweep and vacuum, do all the dishes and laundry, take out all the trash, change your bed sheets, give your toilet(s) a quick clean, anything so you return to a clean, welcoming home.
  • Contact your security company – Let them know you are heading out of town. If you don’t have one, install a motion-activated sensor on an outdoor floodlight as well.

For additional tips to prepare your home for vacation, visit our previous blog post here »

If you’re worried about leaving your home empty, call a friend, family member, or trusted neighbor to ask them to keep an eye on the house. Perhaps even ask your neighbor to keep their car parked in your driveway as a sign that someone is home!

5 Things You Should Do Before Remodeling a Bathroom

Has your bathroom seen better days? Outdated tile floors, worn out bathtubs, and peeling wall paint are just some of the problems that arise in aging bathrooms. If you foresee a remodeling project in your not-so-distant future, make sure to do these five things before putting a sledgehammer through your drywall.

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  • Decide what needs renovation – Not all bathroom remodels are created equal. Some remodeling projects could only require a new paint-job and shower head, while others need to be gutted and built from the ground up. Deciding which fixtures need upgrading is the first step to a successful remodel.
  • Set a budget – Setting a budget is an important step in any home improvement project. After determining exactly how much work needs to be done, you can begin to develop a realistic budget.
  • Measure, remeasure, and measure again – Few things can set a bathroom renovation back quicker than improper measurements. Measure how big your bathroom is, as well as your current tub, toilet, and sink. When shopping for new fixtures, always account for their physical dimensions and consider if they will fit comfortably in your bathroom.
  • Draft your new bathroom – This is where your dream begins to come to life. Whether by hand or using a computer program, lay out the floorplan for your new bathroom. This will give you a feel for the look and flow of your new bathroom, and if you don’t like something, it’s easier to change it now than it will be in the future.
  • Contact a professional – Even if you plan on renovating the bathroom yourself, it is always a good idea to consult a professional plumber or bathroom remodeling specialist before starting a project. They can help ensure that the renovation is completed correctly, safely, and efficiently, plus they could warn you of potential problems you could run in to with your plumbing system.

If you are planning a bathroom remodel for your Colorado home, contact Patterson Plumbing first. Our certified professionals will be there for you through every step of the process; from idea conception to the finished project. Our bathroom remodeling division, ReBath of Pueblo, is a one-stop shop for all of your remodeling needs. For more information about Patterson Plumbing, call us at 719-544-4922 or connect with us on Facebook.

5 Cleaners You Never Knew You Had

You may not know it, but some of the products lying around your house actually double as cleaners! Whether you’ve run out of commercial cleaner or simply want to go a more natural route, you’re going to love this list. Below you’ll find five cleaners you never knew you had:

1. Cornstarch

There’s nothing worse than spilling a tasty treat on your brand new sofa. Fortunately, with a bit of cornstarch and some water, you can effectively eliminate greasy stains. Pure Wow recommends mixing equal parts cornstarch and water to form a paste. Spread it over the stain, let it sit overnight, and sweep it away with a dry towel in the morning.

2. Grapefruit and salt

Grapefruit contains citric acid which breaks down grime, and salt’s texture lends itself to scrubbing away stains. That’s what makes the combination ideal for bathtub cleaning!  Sprinkle a generous amount of salt onto half a grapefruit, wet your tub, and add another 1/4 cup of salt around the edges. Scrub down your bathtub with the grapefruit for a thorough clean.

3. Vinegar

Vinegar is underrated as a cleaner. According to Good Housekeeping, it can be used for everything from window washing to laundry. There are so many benefits to using vinegar as a cleaner, including:

  • Inexpensive
  • Widely available
  • Non-toxic
  • Long shelf life

4. Olive oil

If you’re tired of paying for expensive wood polishers, use olive oil instead. Mix together 2 cups of the oil and 1 cup of lemon juice for an easy way to make your wood furniture shine.

5. Cinnamon

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The hard-to-believe truth is that most air fresheners contain chemicals that aren’t exactly good for your home’s air quality. For a cleaner alternative, allow cinnamon sticks, cloves and the peel of an orange to simmer together in a pot of hot water. Your entire home will smell like just-baked pie!

For more tips, contact Patterson Plumbing & Heating at 719-544-4922. Plus, don’t forget to share your natural cleaner recipes with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Big Changes Coming for Water Heater Efficiency

As our valued customers and friends, we want to keep you up-to-date on the latest information that could affect you and your home. Therefore, we’re informing you of the new regulations the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has put into effect regarding water heaters.

New mandates from the DOE require higher energy efficiency ratings on virtually all residential water heating products. Based on the new requirements, there will be significant changes to water heaters manufactured after April 15, 2015.

These changes include:

  • Higher priced units – up to 35% more expensive
  • Larger units – 2” taller and 2” wider, or in some cases units may be even larger
  • More complicated installation requirements
  • Possible significant home remodeling costs if your water heater is located in a small space like a closet or attic

How does this affect you? According to manufacturer’s, the suggested service life, the average lifespan of a water heater is about 8-12 years. If your water heater falls anywhere near this age you may want to seriously think about replacing it now and lock in lower pricing, before the regulations go into effect and costs go up.

Give us a call 719-544-4922 or visit our website for more information. We can answer all of your questions, tell you about special financing available with approved credit, and schedule an appointment that’s convenient for you to evaluate your water heater situation.

Estimated Life Expectancy of Your Home’s Plumbing

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Where your plumbing is concerned, not all fixtures are created equal. Life expectancies of appliances and systems vary with usage, weather, installation, maintenance, and the quality of materials – some of which are out of our control. On top of that, sometimes there is no rhyme or reason why certain components last longer in your home than others.

Based on research and testing done by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), the below are some guidelines of life expectancies for some of the most popular plumbing fixtures in your home:

  • Toilet Tank Components – 5 years
  • Water Heater (conventional) – 6-12 years
  • Faucets and Spray Hose – 15-20 years
  • Dishwasher – 9 years
  • Washing Machine – 5-15 years
  • Well Pump – 15 years
  • Sump pump – 7 years
  • Disposal (food waste) – 12 years

Preventative maintenance is key to prolonging the life of your systems. However, should you find any leaks or discover appliances that are well past their life cycle, it may be time to consider replacement.

At Patterson Plumbing & Heating, we’re available for all of your home’s plumbing needs. Should you have questions about your systems’ operations give us a call. Our technicians provide the highest level of service and technical excellence: 719-544-4922. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and industry news.

New Year’s Resolution Check In

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Hopefully everyone’s still going strong on their New Year’s Resolutions and if not, we’re here to help you get back on track – at least where your plumbing is concerned.

Be kind to your disposal – Make a conscious effort about what you are putting down your disposal. Not sure what should be avoided? Check out this list in an earlier blog.

Give your equipment some TLC – Water heaters, furnaces, and air conditioners all require maintenance to ensure they are working efficiently. Our plumbers, drain cleaning techs and home heating and air conditioning professionals can repair and service all of your home’s equipment.

Keep your pipes warm – Cold spells can wreak havoc on home plumbing due to the quick dips in temperature, but poor insulation and setting thermostats too low should also be taken into account. The good news is, there are steps you can take to prevent such mishaps this season.

Save energy – If you know you are in the market for upgrading your appliances and fixtures – go the energy efficient route. Refrigerators, ovens, washers and dryers as well as toilets, shower heads and faucets all have  energy efficient options available.

Fix problems sooner, not later – Keep an eye out for any problems that may arise. Leaking pipes, running toilets, clogged drains can all lead to bigger issues if not addressed timely (and more money spent).

Patterson Plumbing & Heating is a full service company prepared to handle your all of your homes needs. When you need us, we’ll be there..

Preventing Plumbing Emergencies During the Super Bowl

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Whether you’re in it for the game, the commercials, or the wings – Super Bowl Sunday is  by far America’s most watched sporting event. With the influx of guests in your home, it’s important to be sure your plumbing is prepared. The last thing you’ll want to worry about during halftime is a plumbing mishap.

Slow drains and running toilets are recipes for disaster. Use this next week to address any plumbing issues you may have noticed. Also, be proactive on game day – contrary to what you may have heard, bones don’t sharpen the blades of your garbage disposal. It dulls them. Make sure you throw out your chicken wing bones vs. putting them down the disposal.

Our team has helped Pueblo homes since the fall of 1984 and know that you and your home deserve to be treated with respect. Our office staff answers calls 24/7 and can dispatch the appropriate technician if needed. So no Super Bowl emergency will go unanswered! Give the experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call today!

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